[NT] Internet Explorer ActiveX bgColor Property DoS

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Internet Explorer ActiveX bgColor Property DoS


Determina Security Research has discovered a denial of service
vulnerability in multiple ActiveX controls included in Internet Explorer.
This vulnerability can be exploited by a malicious web page and results in
a termination of the Internet Explorer process. Our analysis indicates
that remote code execution is unlikely. The vulnerable ActiveX controls
are installed by default with all versions of Internet Explorer on Windows
2000, XP, 2003 and Vista.


This vulnerability was found by a fuzzer that instantiates all ActiveX
controls on the system and enumerates their properties. We discovered
multiple controls that crash with an invalid memory access exception when
certain object properties are accessed through JavaScript. Most of the
vulnerable ActiveX controls are in MSHTML.DLL and are exploitable on all
versions of Internet Explorer. Their ProgIDs are given below:


The following two controls in TRIEDIT.DLL are exploitable without user
interaction only on Internet Explorer 5 and 6:


Accessing one of the bgColor, fgColor, linkColor, alinkColor, vlinkColor
or defaultCharset properties of the controls listed above results in a
NULL pointer dereference and an unhandled memory access violation. It is
hard to tell what the root cause and full impact of this vulnerability
are, but remote code execution seems unlikely at this point.

Microsoft has taken steps to minimize the attack surface presented by the
ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer 7. The ActiveX Opt-In feature
prevents previously unused ActiveX controls from running, unless the user
explicitly allows their instantiation. The only controls that can run
without prompting the user are the ones included on a pre-approved list in
the system registry. All vulnerable MSHTML.DLL controls listed above are
on the pre-approved list, allowing the vulnerability to be exploited with
no user interaction on IE7 running on both Windows XP and Vista.
Proof of Concept:

The following .HTML file will trigger the vulnerability:

<script language="JavaScript">
obj = new ActiveXObject("giffile");

Opening the file in Internet Explorer results in the following
NULL-pointer dereference:

(a9c.72c): Access violation - code c0000005 (!!! second chance !!!)
eax=00000000 ebx=7ded51fc ecx=01253b90 edx=00000000 esi=00038ff8
eip=7dda1dde esp=0013dfb0 ebp=0013dfbc iopl=0 nv up ei pl nz na pe
cs=001b ss=0023 ds=0023 es=0023 fs=003b gs=0000
7dda1dde ff30 push dword ptr [eax]


The information has been provided by <mailto:asotirov@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Alexander Sotirov.
The original article can be found at:
<http://www.determina.com/security.research/vulnerabilities/activex-bgcolor.html> http://www.determina.com/security.research/vulnerabilities/activex-bgcolor.html


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